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Hey all,

I recently moved into my new apartment and got connected to FiOS 15/5 internet. Right now I'm using the standard FiOS 802.11g router.

On my desktop (wired), i typically get about 18Mbps down, 6Mbps up. However, at the same time I will only get 3Mbps down, 1MBps up on all 3 of my laptops (802.11g).

Typical internet usage is also very sluggish... it actually feels like 56k when I go to load a page and find myself waiting almost a minute for it to fully load. Sometimes connections also just time out.

What I have noticed is that when I bring up the list of wireless networks in the area available for me to connect to, there are about 25-30 FiOS-specific network ID's within range (They're all similar format such as YZ84G, etc.).

I figure since there are so many 802.11g networks in such a small area and only 11 channels, we are getting a boat load of interference and overlap, which is slowing down the WiFi access.

So my question to you all is: Will upgrading to 802.11n and separating myself from the 802.11g pack solve my issues? Or do I need to go a step further and move to a 5GHz 802.11a/n band from my current 2.4GHz 802.11g band?
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It's a very good question and I think that moving to 5GHz would solve the problem. I'm not 100% sure but I think that N & G use the same channels to operate so your channel would still be polluted.
    
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It's a very good question and I think that moving to 5GHz would solve the problem. I'm not 100% sure but I think that N & G use the same channels to operate so your channel would still be polluted.
Yea, unfortunately that's what I'm thinking too, which means big $$$

I was just going to get a TP-Link DD-WRT capable N router, but it's looking like I need dual-band now.
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It's a very good question and I think that moving to 5GHz would solve the problem. I'm not 100% sure but I think that N & G use the same channels to operate so your channel would still be polluted.
N and G can only use the same channels if you are using your N router in 2.4GHz mode if you have that option. If you are using a real N router broadcasting on only 5GHz you get a ton more channels far away from the 2.4GHz spectrum. N is also less likely to go through walls, so you get more isolation from any of your neighbors who ever decide to switch to N.

Just make sure you have a wireless N adapter for laptop, wireless G stuff won't pick up a 5GHz signal.

EDIT: My mistake, I forgot that there were some N routers that still used only the 2.4GHz band. Yeah, you are probably going to need the dual band stuff to solve your problem. In the mean time, see if you can find a spectrum analyzer program and use the least populated channel.
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N and G can only use the same channels if you are using your N router in 2.4GHz mode if you have that option. If you are using a real N router broadcasting on only 5GHz you get a ton more channels far away from the 2.4GHz spectrum. N is also less likely to go through walls, so you get more isolation from any of your neighbors who ever decide to switch to N.

Just make sure you have a wireless N adapter for laptop, wireless G stuff won't pick up a 5GHz signal.
My most used laptop has an Intel 2.4/5GHz b/g/n/a card in it, so I think I'm good from that perspective. Now I just need to drop a benjamin on a decent dual-band router
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It might solve your problem, but you will have new hurdles to face. the 5GHZ band has a smaller range than the 2.5GHZ band. Also ou will need to make sure any and all N devices you have will use the 5GHZ N, unless you have a simultanious dual band and broadcast N both on 2.4 and 5GHZ
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DayoftheGreek is right -while switching to the 5GHz N range would likely solve your problem, you would have to buy 5GHz or dual band adapters for your laptops, which are pricey and not terribly easy to find.

Install inSSIDer (http://www.metageek.net/products/inssider/) and try find an unpolluted 2.4GHz channel. Bear in mind that if, for example, you want to use channel 4, channels 3 and 5 should ideally be clear too, as they overlap slightly.

(Sorry, hyperlink button isn't working for some reason and I don't know HTML )
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Please consider that three wireless devices connected to the same access point does decrease signal availability.
    
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Settled on the Buffalo WZR-HP-AG300H for my apartment.

It has a great price, great hardware, and great reviews from everyone that I can find. The only issues some people have are with advanced features that I definitely won't be using! Can't wait to have decent speed on my laptops again!

Thanks again everyone!
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